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Current Topics in Emergency and Forensic Medicine

Royal Caribbean's Incredible Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, FL
March 24 - 31, 2019

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
Up to 14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program

Course Fees:
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
$495 Nurses, Residents, Students & Others
BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Judy Melinek, MD
CEO, Pathology Expert, Inc.
New York Times Bestselling Author of "Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Examiner"
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Judy Melinek, a Board-Certified Forensic Pathologist works for the Alameda County Coroner's Office and is CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. She has testified over 100 times as an expert in forensic pathology in both civil and criminal cases. She is the coauthor with her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell, of "Working Stiff," the New York Times bestselling memoir of her training as a Medical Examiner in New York in 2001-2003. They are currently collaborating on a forensic detective fiction series. The first novel in the series, entitled "First Cut" will be published by Hanover Square Press in January 2020.

Dr. Melinek grew up in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude with a major in Biology from Harvard University in 1991. She received her medical degree from UCLA Medical School in 1996 and went on to specialize in General Surgery. After 6 months of surgical training she returned to UCLA and switched specialties to pathology. She completed training in pathology in 2001, and during that time did research and published with the UCLA Liver Transplant team. Dr. Melinek trained in forensic pathology at the New York City Medical Examiner's Office from 2001-2003. After her training she held positions as an Assistant Medical Examiner, first in Santa Clara, then in San Francisco. Dr. Melinek currently works in Oakland.

Dr. Melinek also works as a consultant in civil and criminal cases. She has has been qualified as an expert witness in forensic pathology, neuropathology and wound interpretation. Because of her training in surgery, she has published and consulted on cases of medical malpractice and therapeutic complications. She trains doctors and attorneys on forensic pathology, proper death reporting and certification. She has been invited to lecture at professional conferences on the subjects of death certification, complications of therapy, forensic toxicology and in-custody deaths. She has also published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature on subjects of surgical complications, death following gastric bypass, forensic toxicology, opioid overdose deaths, immunology, neuropathology and transplant surgery. She is a regular columnist for Forensic Magazine and MedPage Today on topics that pertain to forensic medicine and death investigation.

Jason W. Wilson, MD, MA, FACEP
Medical Director, Office of Clinical Research
Associate Medical Director, Adult ED
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida, TEAMHealth, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Wilson serves as the medical director for the office of clinical research at Tampa General Hospital and a core faculty member for the University of South Florida Emergency Medicine Residency Program as well as the Associate Medical Director of the department. He completed a bachelors degree at USF in anthropology and went on to the University of Michigan where he received a master's degree also in anthropology. He returned to USF for medical school and residency. His specific research interests include anticoagulation and bleed management as well as the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and HCV in the ED. He also still uses his background in anthropology to focus on research and strategies to improve patient-physician interaction.

Dr. Wilson enjoys finding ways to move research to operations by building out treatment pathways and hospital wide protocols based on research results and best practices. In addition, he plays an active role in didactic and bedside education on a daily basis of residents and medical students. He also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Anthropology and teaches an undergraduate course. Dr. Wilson has an interest in sports medicine and serves as a physician for two professional sports teams.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Death Certification: What Killed my Patient?
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to read a medical history for a patient and correctly determine the most likely cause of death in order to properly inform public health entities (vital records and medical examiners/coroners).
  2. Natural Death: What Forensic Science can teach us
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to summarize the signs and symptoms of common natural diseases that precede sudden death, and how to address potentially fatal complications to prevent a lethal outcome.
  3. Medical & Forensic Toxicology: How overmedication can injure or kill
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to assess patients on multiple analgesic medications to recognize the risk factors that predispose them to accidental overdoses.
  4. Suicide: the silent killer. How to recognize the signs, intervene, and counsel families.
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to identify the not-so- obvious signs of suicide, communicate effectively with medical examiners and coroners about their patients, and with families about their grief following a suicide.
  5. Pediatric Injury & Death: Recognizing abuse and keeping kids safe
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to describe the household risks to children that can be addressed to prevent accidental deaths; and also be able to recognize injuries in children that are signs of neglect or abuse.
  6. Medical Malpractice: How to avoid being sued and testify effectively if you are
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to describe the common complications of therapy that can lead to untimely death and how to talk to families when their error results in a death. They will also learn to testify effectively when deposed.
  7. Trauma: Recognizing potentially lethal traumatic injuries in private practice
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to assess patients with apparently minor traumatic injuries and determine whether those injuries could be lethal.
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.

Accredited Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program . Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education
Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

MOC ABIM Accreditation
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
Sun Mar 24 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Mar 25 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures 8:00am - 12 Noon
- -
Tue Mar 26 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures 9:00am - 12 noon; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
- -
Wed Mar 27 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Mar 28 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Fri Mar 29 Labadee, Haiti
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Sat Mar 30 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures 8:00am - 12 Noon
- -
Sun Mar 31 Miami, Florida
6:15 am -
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